Studio 290


3-way Dual 8” Floorstanding Loudspeaker

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Clear the floor and let the sound through

Clear the floor andlet the sound through You knew it was coming. You can’t expect JBL engineers to rest when it comes to redefining home theater sound. Introducing our new JBL® Studio 290 dual 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker – a towering piece of sound-craft that goes far and beyond what otherscould only imagine. A signature part of our new 10-piece JBL Studio 2 loudspeaker series, the Studio 290 has been tested relentlessly in the world’s most advanced sound research lab – our own – as well as pitted against competitors in real world comparative listening studies. The results are in: the Studio 290 takes the crown for legacy and technology. Its dual 8” PolyPlas drivers deliver twice the potency and precision of signature JBL sound. A rear-firing Slipstream bass port envelops your senses in tight, accurate bass. But these are just for starters: we’re aiming for the record books. Taking cues from our own work in developing some of the world’s most legendary recording studios, we’ve given the Studio 290 the kind of home audio experience that’s normally reserved for premium movie theaters. We’ve added improvements like a 1” CMMD® Lite high-frequency driver to ensure low-distortion, and a High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide design that offers pinpoint sound imaging and firm natural balance. We’ve shored up the Studio 290’s interior with edge-to-edge bracing so that there’s minimal cabinet flexing and bass distortion. Finally, we’ve introduced seductive 21st century features like gloss black paneling, soft rounded edges, and your choice of either Black or Espresso woodgrain finish. For those able to see and hear the truth, we’re confident you’ll know it – full volume – when you see and hear the Studio 290.


General Specifications

Type 3-way Dual 8" Floorstanding Loudspeaker

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response 38 Hz – 22 kHz
Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms
Sensitivity 91 dB
Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power 20 - 225W

Speaker Specifications

Low-Frequency Transducer Dual 200mm (8") PolyPlas low-frequency transducers
Midrange Transducer Single 100mm (4") PolyPlas midrange transducer
High-Frequency Transducer 25mm (1") CMMD® Lite high frequency dome


Width (mm) 273
Weight (lb) 55.2
Depth (mm) 330
Width ( in) 10-3/4
Weight (kg) 25
Height (in) 47-1/8
Height (mm) 1197
Depth (in) 13

Control and Connection Specifications

Connector Type Dual gold-plated binding-post speaker terminals with bi-wire capability
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Studio 290 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performing speakers! Picked up a pair based on the reviews and was completely impressed. Awesome sounding speakers with a nice punch to them.
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Sound These are the speakers I've wanted since I was 18 years old. The sound is incredible. It's like hearing some of the music for the first time. Could not be happier with our purchase.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds great JBL doesn't let down I bought a pair of the studio 290s about a month ago. At first i thought that the 200 dollars off the regular price that they were just not very good on sound quality. I was wrong.... these thing are just like you would expect from JBL. I have these along with the Audio 180s for my back channel on my surround sound..... the sound from both sets is like being in the show or at a concert. These will make the neighbors jealous. If you can afford these get them.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME STUDIO 290 SPEAKERS Since first heard my JBL DECADE 36 3 WAY SPEAKERS some 40 years ago I have had JBL on my mind and these Studio 290's along with my Studio 590's are just as awesome if more so than my Decade 36's
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yeah Baby! I just bought these a few months ago. I love them. The neighbors are jealous. The sound coming from out of these will blow your mind!! They literally can handle anything you throw into them. The more you play them the more you don't want to turn them off!! Ya gotta love JBL !!
Date published: 2017-10-25
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The specs mention Bi-Wire Capabilities. Can the speakers be setup in a Bi-Amp configuration? I have read about Bi-Wiring and it looks does not really make any audible difference, nor any additional control apart from maybe varying the ohms to the amp....

Asked by: Snoopy
Bi-wiring allows two benefits. You can separate the load of mids and highs to one amplifier and lows to another. Or you can increase the output from a single amplifier by increasing the load by reducing the resistance (ohms). For example, bi-wiring a pair of 8 ohm speakers to a single amp will be as if you are running four 8 ohm speakers from that amp, making the resistance on the amp down to 4 ohms. Most amps provide about 50% more power when this is done, but it is more load (work) on the amp.
Answered by: ward53
Date published: 2018-09-25

JBL Studio 290 vs JBL Studio 590? Which is best for 50% Home Theater 50% Music in a complete 7.1 surround system? ~ peace

Asked by: HTFan
Thank you for showing interest in our products. The JBL STUDIO 290 and JBL STUDIO 590 are both ideal for music and movie systems. It's just that the STUDIO 590 together with the rest of  Studio 5 Series speakers, were acoustically designed by renowned JBL chief engineer Greg Timbers. The loudspeaker has a combination of a 25mm (1") HF compression driver and Bi-Radial® horn with dual 200mm (8") cast-frame Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) woofers in order to deliver powerful and accurate or lifelike performance. The materials used in the STUDIO 590 was able to compensate for not having a specific driver for midrange that the STUDIO 290 has.
Answered by: Rhae
Date published: 2018-09-05

Is the Studio 290 a better alternative than a Studio L880? Which Harman Kardon AVR is recommended for two Studio 290? Thanks for your answers

Asked by: Carlos Mesa
The main difference between the two is the STUDIO 290 speaker can handle up to 225 watts while the STUDIO L880 can handle up to 200 watts. This means that any receiver with a power output of 225 watts per channel or less will work fine with these speakers. With that said, STUDIO L880 has a lesser wattage handling than the STUDIO 290, making the STUDIO 290 a more logical choice.
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

Match well with Denon AVR-S930H receiver? 930H specs are (8 ohm, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% 2ch Drive, 90W); (6 ohm, 1 kHz, 0.7% 2ch Drive, 125W); (6 ohm, 1 kHz, 10% 1ch Drive, 185W). Don't want one to over or under power the other if it creates bad sound.

Asked by: JiQ55
Hi! Thank you for your inquiry. Looking at the specs you have provided, there should be no issues using the Studio 290.
Answered by: Gian at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-09-02

freq range is 38hz-22khz is this +-3db or more ? sensitivity is 91 db is it 2,83v/1m or 1w/1m and is it free space or half space ? I definitely need accurate values to check that they are capable of 40hz @ 110db @ 1m with how much required power ?

Asked by: Jef2628
Here is a detailed specification outline of the speaker: Nominal Impedance 8 ohms Max Amp Power 225 watts* Frequency Response 38Hz - 22kHz (-6dB) Sensitivity 91dB (2.83V@1m) Crossover Frequency 550Hz / 3.8kHz
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-05-03

hi there, I'm considering buying a pair of the studio 290s along with an Onkyo TX-NR555 amp: All Channels 130 W/Ch (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1% THD, 1 Channel Driven, IEC) 160 W/Ch (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 Channel Driven, JEITA) Would that work well?

Asked by: nostradaanos
Hi, Thank you for your question. Yes, the Studio 290 will work with your Onkyo receiver, but the speakers are more powerful than what your receiver has of power. To get more out of the speakers in general, upgrading your receiver with one that is more powerful will give you full benefits of the speaker. If you need more assistance, please contact us at customer.service@harman.com
Answered by: Danny HARMAN
Date published: 2018-04-07

In a 5.1 setup, I have the Studio 290's for my fronts, the 235C for center and the 230' for the rears. I have been having a hard time deciding where to set the individual crossovers for all them. I know rooms vary, but, any recommendation? Thanks

Asked by: PSAV1500
This is a tough one. There are several schools of thought on this. Many feel that you should set each speaker at whatever the natural roll-off of each speaker is. So, for example, the STUDIO 290 rolls off at 38Hz, so you would set your crossover at 40Hz to let the sub take over where the speaker leaves off. Others, myself included, feel that there is no reason to make the receiver amplifier or the speaker work so hard to reproduce the really low frequencies, not if you have a sub there to take over and do all of that extra work. So, with this thinking, you would set each speaker to 80Hz (a great starting point), as long as their natural roll-off is lower than 80Hz. If you happen to have a speaker that rolls off at 100Hz, then set that one for 100Hz, and so on.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

Will the JBL Studio 290 speakers work with a McIntosh 1700? I'm afraid I'll blow out either the Mac or the JBL Studio 290 speakrs.

Asked by: honeyjean
Hi! We do not have information about the Mcintosh 1700 amp to check its compatibility but the Studio 290 can handle upto 20-226W @ 8ohms. Basically it should work as long as it meets the recommended amplifier power.
Answered by: Nick F
Date published: 2018-08-03
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